When someone is looking to drop some weight, they usually think cardio, cardio, cardio. Is this the case though? Is cardio truly better to lose weight than lifting weights?
A 5K is about 3.1 miles. If you’ve ever wanted to run one, then set your mind to it and do it! There are 5K’s all the time. Some benefit charity, some are a race for a prize, and some are just for fun. They even have themed ones, like the color run you’ve probably seen people doing. Whatever your motivation is for doing one, here is a schedule to help prepare for the race.
Remember in elementary and middle school when you had required gym time everyday? Remember that you actually enjoyed it? It’s because the gym teachers made it fun! You didn’t even realize you were exercising. This is before you realized that frog jumps were actually just jump squats. If you REALLY had a cool gym teacher then you got to make frog sounds while exploding next to your best friend in these frog jumps. Regardless, it was fun. Why not get a workout in and ask your kids to join!? They’ll love it and it’ll be a change for you. No, I don’t suggest making frog noises if your kids aren’t working out with you. Unless, that makes you happy. Then to each their own, and ribbit away!
Here at HomeFit we hope everyone had a happy holidays but with a new year it’s time to have our annual #realtalk - resolutions.
Ah, yes! Those pesky New Year’s Resolutions that start chirping away outside our mind windows at 5 AM the morning after family holiday dinner. And though you might not have gotten a shiny new FitBit in your stocking this year, here’s a cheaper alternative to keeping track of the hard work you’re going to put in 2018.
Biking is becoming increasingly popular, both as a mode of transportation and as a form of exercise and recreation. Many cities have added bike lanes and rent-a-bike stations, making it easier for people to cycle in town. Heading out of the city, many people take advantage of the numerous mountain biking trails in parks and outdoor recreation areas. Biking clubs and associations are being formed, creating communities for people to discuss cycling, the best places to go, and common problems encountered.
Think about it – going outside makes you more likely to be physically active, even if it’s just light physical activity like strolling around your yard or standing and watching your kids play a game. Spending time in your yard means you might notice some weeds that need to be pulled and kneel down to pull them out, or you might see your dog and realize it could use a walk. If you don’t have a yard, you might head to the park and walk around a walking trail or play Frisbee with some friends. Heading outside on your lunch break could lead you on a quick walk around the block or on a jaunt to the park for a picnic.
Think of ways you can increase your time outside. Try getting out for a walk before or after work. Head out with some coworkers during lunch, or even just step outside for a quick 10 minute break during the day. Instead of sitting down on the couch to relax when you get home from work, head outside to take a breath of fresh air or take a relaxing bike ride. Round up the whole family and take them outside for a game or a family walk.
Many people I talk to want to exercise, but they either don’t have time to go to a gym, don’t like working out with other people, or don’t have any workout equipment at home. Of course they could try walking or running, but that’s not for everyone, and even if it is, sometimes you need a change of pace. So how can you work out at home without any equipment?
For anyone that has ever even thought of exercising, you’ll know that it is not always easy to get a daily workout in. Where our motivation might be high the night before, when our alarm goes off in the morning, it’s tough to get out of bed! Or we might be pumped about going to the gym after work, but by the time we clock out, we’re just too tired to follow through with our plan.
Current physical activity guidelines recommend accumulating at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week (or 75+ min. vigorous activity). There are many types of moderate intensity exercise, but one of the most common and most convenient forms is walking (1). Walking can be performed in a variety of settings. From quick walks on your lunch break to long hikes through the woods, walking gets you out and moving – and it’s free!